2013 Challenge, Week 14: Portrait

We have had a few weeks of themes that lent themselves more to shooting inanimate objects, so lets do a theme where you have to point your camera at another human: The Portrait.

“Stranger 07/100″ by –Adrien–

Sometimes people use the term “portrait” to describe an image that has a vertical orientation, but we are using it to mean “a photograph of a person or people”. Feel free to shoot a portrait of a person, a couple, or a family. Make the image about the people. Engage them. Pose them. Shoot them in their home environment or surrounded by the tools of their trade. Attempt to convey something about them through the image.

“Lou, Part II” by Micaela Go

“Promenade in the Rain” by Sean McGrath

If you normally shoot portraits in color, try some in black and white. If you normally shoot in black and white, try experimenting with adding color and see what happens.

“The great stare” by Brett Davies

As always, make sure you share your result with the rest of the PhotoChallenge Community! Google+, Facebook, and Flickr are the most common.

December Challenge, 2010: PORTRAIT

"balance" by Melissa Brooks

"balance" by Melissa Brooks

This is it! The last of the monthly challenges for 2010. For the month of December, we will be shooting one photo each day on the theme of PORTRAIT. You can take a self-portrait, a portrait of a stranger, a family member, or a friend. Be spontaneous, or plan out a formal portrait shoot. Use this opportunity to interact with a stranger on the street. Try to get some portraits that take advantage of the background and surroundings of your subject.

"Portrait" by Trois Têtes (TT)

"Portrait" by Trois Têtes (TT)

When you post your daily photo, be sure to submit it to the Photochallenge.org Flickr Group Pool, and tag it with “decemberchallenge2010″. This monthly challenge is in addition to the 2010 Challenge. You can participate in both challenges at the same time.

"VEGAS VAN GOGH" by snowriderguy

"VEGAS VAN GOGH" by snowriderguy

2009 Challenge, Day 228: Single Light Source Portrait

Today is Sunday, August 16th, 2009. Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is SINGLE LIGHT SOURCE PORTRAIT.

"I hate California girls", by spunkinator

Yeah, yeah, I know, that’s a long theme. But you should get the point, by just reading the title. We’ve done a wide variety of portraits here at PhotoChallenge.org. In fact, one of the most influential challenges I ever participated in, was the December Challenge, of shooting a portrait a day, all month long. It revolutionized my attitude about shooting portraits. So, for those of you fringe photogs, just hanging around, maybe shooting one challenge every so often, get off your duff, and do it!

It’s easy, choose someone you haven’t shot for a portrait before, and set it up. If you’re used to shooting with nice off-camera lights, then just drop it down to one light source. If you’re a “natural light” shooter, then let’s focus on just one “natural” light source. Branch out though, and don’t just use the sun (lazy!).

Also, I don’t want to see even one shot with your on-camera flash! I’m serious! That’s rarely nice looking, and not encouraged by too many folks. Just go read about it at the Strobist. Oh, and another place for inspiration is the Flickr Group, One Strobe Pony.

Without getting into too much instruction, as that’s not the focus of this site, I’d like to simply challenge you to maybe use just one bounce. Use a fancy bounce, like this one. Or just get some white paper, or foam core. That’s all I use!

"Untitled", by m.by

Once you’re ready to submit your work to Flickr, you’ve got to do two important things. First, make sure you tag your photos correctly; “2009challenge″ and “2009challenge228“. Also, if you haven’t already, join thePhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

"Celeste Yawning", by DanielJames

To see all of the shots for today’s challenge, click here:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w=all&q=2009Challenge228&m=tags

2009 Challenge, Day 189: Truck Week: DRIVER PORTRAIT

Today is Wednesday, July 8, 2009. Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is Truck Week: DRIVER PORTRAIT

The Rocking Truck Driver by Steffe

"The Rocking Truck Driver" by Steffe

We have been shooting trucks so far. Today, see if you can get a shot of the person behind the wheel.

Truck Driver by 28 Dreams

"Truck Driver" by 28 Dreams

Once you’re ready to submit your work to Flickr, you’ve got to do two important things. First, make sure you tag your photos correctly; “2009challenge″ and “2009challenge189“. Also, if you haven’t already, join the PhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

Truck Driver by Lutz-R. Frank

"Truck Driver" by Lutz-R. Frank

To see all of the shots for today’s challenge, click here:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w=all&q=2009Challenge189&m=tags

2009 Challenge, Day 181: PORTRAIT

Today is Tuesday, June 30, 2009. Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is PORTRAIT.

Friends by Alireza Teimoury

"Friends" by Alireza Teimoury

We have done a black and white portrait theme earlier in the year, but today is just “portrait”. You could do a candid street portrait, a portrait of a friend or family member, or a self portrait. You should have no problem finding a subject for today’s theme. For some inspiration, you can read Trevor’s interview with Bill Waldman.

I am fading among my own smoke by HAMED MASOUMI

"I am fading among my own smoke" by HAMED MASOUMI

Once you’re ready to submit your work to Flickr, you’ve got to do two important things. First, make sure you tag your photos correctly; “2009challenge″ and “2009challenge181“. Also, if you haven’t already, join the PhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

ROMA, SINTI & GADJOS AT THE INTERNATIONAL GIPSY FESTIVAL 2008 by Akbar Simonse

"ROMA, SINTI & GADJOS AT THE INTERNATIONAL GIPSY FESTIVAL 2008" by Akbar Simonse

To see all of the shots for today’s challenge, click here:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w=all&q=2009Challenge181&m=tags

2009 Challenge, day 47 B&W: Portrait

"Badi b/w", by Arriving at the horizon

Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is Black & White, Portrait. It’s quite easy. Shoot a portrait, but make sure you’re shooting for black and white. When shooting for black and white, in time, you’ll realize that you can’t shoot like you would for a traditional color photograph. Because the end result will be monochrome, you’ll have to be aware of colors that won’t contrast when converted, etc. Pay attention! You shouldn’t just be shooting a portrait, and then converting it to black and white, without taking these things into consideration. Consider converting with Photoshop’s channel mixer, or even better, a special plugin. I recently acquired Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro, and man does it rock! Give a tool like that a try, and you’ll be shooting black and white, even when you didn’t plan on it.

"B&W Profile Redux", by Oberazzi

Once you’re ready to submit your work to Flickr, you’ve got to do two important things. First, make sure you tag your photos correctly; “2009challenge″. Also, if you haven’t already, join the PhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

"Lenny N&B", by Tywak